Our Vision is Simple

The Story of Our Schools seeks to preserve and bring to life the history of Washington, DC by empowering youth to discover, discuss, develop, and share via permanent exhibit the stories of their school communities. Through various types of research our students can create an image of their community’s past and what the future may hold.

DC schools are in the national spotlight for reform and innovation. Nestled in a vibrant urban setting, our schools are anchors and reflections of their communities and the city as a whole. Despite significant social and economic challenges, DC schools have made positive contributions to historical desegregation, evolving neighborhoods, changing demographics, and the architectural cityscape. They have produced great leaders, innovators, and scholars.

Neighborhoods change, residents move, and students often commute to schools distant from where they live. New families have, in many cases, never considered the roots of their schools and the neighborhood it historically served. By preserving and displaying community history, we can enrich our newcomers as well as long-time residents with a dynamic cultural and historical understanding of their school. We believe that schools are places that tell a critical part of DC history.